Progress report on deepening Columbia River channel. Rotarian and House Speaker Dave Hunt returns to the S.E. Portland Rotary Club to report on a project he has been pursuing for years - the deepening of the Columbia River channel to benefit Portland's 'world class port' status. Public welcome at no charge; lunch available for purchase if desired. Noon until 1 pm at the Eastmoreland Golf Course Grill, north of the east end of the Bybee Bridge. For more, go online to: www.SoutheastPortlandRotary.com
Introduction to Computers for adults, in Sellwood. In this fun, hands-on course (six two-hour sessions) in the Sellwood Branch Library, you will learn all the basic computer skills - including using the mouse and keyboard, working in Microsoft Windows, using Microsoft Word for writing, surfing the Internet, and using e-mail. This course is ideal for someone who has a little experience with the computer but wants to know more. Offered by OASIS Connections, a national organization devoted to lifelong learning for adults over 50. Free, but registration required; register in the library, or call 503/988-5234. The classes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from today through the 16th, noon until 2 pm. The library is situated at S.E. 13th at Bidwell Street.
'Goldy Bear' fable onstage at Ladybug Theater. Famous Ladybug Theater for kids presents the original play 'Goldy Bear and the Three Socks', with puppets, today and tomorrow, and also May 9-10 and May 16-17, at SMILE Station in Sellwood, at S.E. 13th and Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street. Showtime is 10:30 am; doors open at 10:15 am; and admission is $4 for all, except babes in arms. Please call 503/232-2346 to reserve your seat, and then pay with cash or check at the door.
'Homework Helpers' on Wednesdays in Woodstock. 'Homework Helpers' are trained volunteers who give kids and teens one-on-one help finding the books and information they need to complete homework assignments. Free. Every Wednesday till school is out for the summer, 3-5 pm, at the Woodstock Branch Library, S.E. 49th at Woodstock Boulevard.
WNA election tonight. At tonight's Woodstock Neighborhood Association meeting, the annual election of officers will take place, as well as crime incidents and statistics; land use and mural developments; the new WNA website; summer Movies In the Park; and the May 12th plant sale. Also hear how Impact Northwest's Mentoring Program is impacting the neighborhood. Everyone is welcome at the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd Avenue, 7-8:30 pm.
SMILE election tonight. The centerpiece of the monthly General Public Meeting for the Sellwood and Westmoreland neighborhood association, SMILE, is the annual election of Board members (4 seats up for election) and officers (4 seats up for election). Nominations accepted from the floor, in addition to the slate developed over the past two months, before the vote. The meeting runs from 7:30 till 9 pm tonight at SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th at Tenino, one block south of Tacoma Street, in Sellwood.
Lewis Elementary Art Night. Tonight, 6-8 pm, the public is cordially invited to attend the annual Lewis Elementary School Art Night - an evening of art and music, highlighting the work of Lewis Elementary students and staff. Lewis is located at 4401 S.E. Evergreen Avenue in Southeast Portland. More information is available online: www.lewiselementary.org/art
Brentwood-Darlington celebrates Cinco de Mayo with cleanup. The annual neighborhood cleanup in Brentwood-Darlington is today - from 9 am till noon, or until the trash bins are full. It's held at the Green Thumb parking lot, 6801 S.E. 60th Avenue. $15 per carload, $25 trucks and SUVs, and $35 for trucks with trailers. They'll accept bulky waste, mattresses, furniture, scrap wood, and metal - but no concrete, refrigerators, hazardous materials, or commercial debris. They reserve the right to refuse loads that do not meet the requirements. Metro and Southeast Uplift are helping to sponsor this event.
'New Leaf Plant and Book Sale' on Steele today. From 9 am till 3 pm today, this annual plant and book sale is taking place at Trinity United Methodist Church, at S.E. 39th (Chavez) and Steele Street. Bedding plants (flowers and vegetables), perennials, and shrubs - plus a large variety of used books for sale. Arts and crafts and Mothers' Day gifts available; plus serving hot cinnamon rolls, hot/cold drinks. Your donation of two cans of food for people or pets, for FISH Emergency Services, entitles you to ticket for the door prize drawing. For more information, call 503/777-3901, or go online to: www.tumcpdx.org
'Japanese Children's Day' celebrated in Sellwood. May 5 is 'Children's Day' in Japan. Kids are invited to find out how this Japanese national holiday is observed, by making fun paper crafts with artist Yuki Martin, Create all sorts of fun projects, including a mini origami carp streamer, and a wearable paper samurai helmet. Free. 10:30 am till noon today, at the Sellwood Branch Library, S.E.13th at Bidwell Street.
Memorial concert tonight in Woodstock. The popular Oregon Chamber Players concert tonight is a memorial event for OCP's Artistic Director, Timoteus Racz, who passed away unexpectedly on April 2. The concert is tonight at 7:30 pm at All Saints' Episcopal Church, S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at 40th. Featured are works by Handel, Hidas, Mozart, Haydn, and assorted compositions by Timoteus Racz. In lieu of the usual ticket prices, free will donations will be accepted at the door. For more information call the OCP at 1-888/627-8788, or go online to: www.oregonchamberplayers.org
Reedwood Friends Church offers Scholar in Residence. The Reedwood Friends Center for Christian Studies announces its 2012 Scholar in Residence, David Johns, PhD, Associate Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. Today, he will talk at 11 am on 'Passport(ed) People'; on May 13, 'Being and Otherwise-documented Church', and on May 20, 'Rigid Faith, Fluid People? How Can We Develop a Moving Faith?' 2901 S.E. Steele Street; more online at: www.reedwood.org
Portland Baroque Orchestra concert at Reed College. This afternoon at 4 pm, at Kaul Auditorium on the Reed College campus at 3203 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard, the Portland Baroque Orchestra presents a concert featuring J.S. Bach's 'Goldberg Variations', arranged for string orchestra, and featuring violinist and Artistic Director Monica Huggett. A pre-concert talk is offered at 3 pm.
Green Thumb plant sale starts today. The Portland Public Schools Community Transition Program at the Green Thumb campus presents a community-wide plant sale, today through Friday, at 6801 S.E. 6th Avenue, just south of Duke Street. The hours are 9 am-3 pm each day. The sale features a wide assortment of ornamental plants, grasses, perennial and annual flowers, hanging baskets, and several varieties of tomatoes. Purchases support the greenhouse work experience program at Green Thumb. For information, call 503/916-5817.
Food movie shown in Sellwood. Sellwood community activist Renee Kimball announces a Friday night potluck dinner at 6 pm, and at 7 pm a showing of the food documentary 'FatHead', described as 'a humorous expose of the 'bologna' we've been fed in order to sell us cheap but profitable food 'products' instead of nutrient-dense unprocessed whole foods.' She adds that 'this is a creative fundraiser for SMILE, so whatever donation you feel moved to give would be gratefully appreciated.' All foods welcome for the potluck, but please include a card with ingredients for your dish (allergies, dislikes, etc). The location is SMILE Station, on the southeast corner of S.E. 13th and Tenino Street.
Annual Woodstock Neighborhood Association Plant Sale. This annual sale supports the maintenance fund for the Woodstock Community Center, and takes place from 9 am to 3 pm on the grounds of the Woodstock Community Center, 5905 S.E. 43rd, just west of the BiMart parking lot. Offered are a wide variety of plants - perennials, native plants, and vegetable starts - at reasonable prices. Most have been donated by generous local gardeners. The sale will include welded metal garden sculpture by well-recognized Woodstock artist, Jill Torberson. Also locally-made Mason Bee houses.
'Festival of the Birds' in Sellwood Park. Today, from 9 am till 3 pm, join the City of Portland and the US Fish and Wildlife Service in upper Sellwood Park for a celebration of migratory birds. Learn about our local birds, and take a walk in the city's first designated Migratory Bird Park! This is a free festival for the whole family to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. No registration is required - except for the Early Bird walk at 7:30 am; preregister for that at 503/823-2525 (specify class #369676). Free Guided Bird Walks: 9 am-2 pm led by local naturalists; for kids, there are local musicians, crafts, and games to help young ones learn about, and enjoy, birds. Meet some of Portland Audubon's Wildlife Care Center birds, and find out about Portland's amazing local birdlife, and what is happening locally to protect and enhance bird populations here.
Judged flower show, and sale, at Rhododendron Gardens. Today and tomorrow, on Mothers' Day weekend, the public is invited to a judged flower show at the Rhododendron Gardens, opposite the west edge of Reed College on S.E. 28th just north of Woodstock Boulevard - and also a plant sale in the parking lot. Rhododendron experts will be on hand to answer questions, and help you find the perfect plant for your garden. Sale 9 to 5 each day; show opens at noon today, after judging, till 5 pm, and is open 9 to 5 tomorrow. For more information, call 503/771-8386.
Portland Parks presents 'Yoga for Everyone' in Woodstock. Start your Saturday off right, 10-11 am this morning, by building strength, stamina, and flexibility, in an all-levels, community-centered yoga class. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for some time, this class should make you feel safe, nurtured, centered, and certainly more connected to your neighbors! Contact Portland Parks and Recreation to sign up for the entire session which runs May 12-June 16 on Saturdays at the same hour. Cost for the entire series $35. Drop-ins also available for $8. The classes take place at the Woodstock Community Center, just west of the Bi-Mart parking lot and just north of Woodstock Boulevard on S.E. 44th.
Open house at nonprofit Kenilworth Preschool. The Kenilworth Community Preschool, located in the Kenilworth Presbyterian Church at 4028 S.E. 34th Avenue, is holding its annual open house from 10 am till 1 pm today, and is now enrolling for September. It's a 'parent cooperative preschool'. For more information, call 503/235-3977, or go online to: www.kenilworthcps.org
Annual Eastmoreland weekend plant sale. Today, the nonprofit Eastmoreland Garden Club Unit 1 presents its annual plant sale from 10 am till 2 pm at Eastmoreland Garden Park, S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 27th, offering a wide variety of perennials, herbs, native plants, and organic tomato starts. There also will be a children's corner, where kids can pot their own free Mother's Day gift. For information, or to donate a plant, call Judy Battles at 503/777-1984, or Heidi Nichols at 503/774-6888.
'Native plants for birds, bees, and butterflies' workshop. Today, 10-11:30 am, this workshop takes place at the 'Natural Techniques Demonstration Garden', 6800 S.E. 57th Avenue. 'Learn which native plants might be right for your yard, and how to plant and care for them without garden chemicals. Plus, find out where to get native plants in your area.' Led by regional gardening expert Jen Aron. Hosted by Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service. Advance registration required. Learn more by calling 503/234-3000, or go online to: www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops
Open House at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Open House at OPB today, 11 am-3 pm, just north of the west end of the Sellwood Bridge, at 7140 S.W. Macadam Avenue. 'Meet your favorite OPB TV and Radio personalities, including Clifford the Big Red Dog. Celebrate History Detectives' 100th episode, with Eduardo Pagán. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the OPB studios. Spin the prize wheel. Enjoy tango music and dancing as OREGON ART BEAT tapes musician Alex Krebs. It's fun for the entire family.' No charge.
'Texting God: Effective Short Prayers' at Westmoreland church. This special program, with Elise Moore, is presented at 2 pm this afternoon at Tenth Church of Christ, Scientist, 5736 S.E. 17th Avenue. Open to the public without charge; children welcome. 'Learn three keys to making your prayer more effective, whether you're seeking to heal sickness, find a job, or just deal with life.' For information, call 503/234-2998.
Annual 'Sellwood-Westmoreland Cleanup' today. SMILE's annual cleanup for Sellwood and Westmoreland residents is today at the south end of Westmoreland Park, in the parking lot, 9 am to 2 pm; a small donation is requested per vehicle. Accepted: Bulky waste, yard debris, mattresses, furniture, appliances, scrap wood, and metal - but no concrete, hazardous waste, or commercial debris. They reserve the right to refuse loads that do not meet the requirements. This year, secure document shredding will be offered only from 10 am till noon, personally sponsored by John Molesworth, who is based in the Westmoreland Edward Jones office, across from QFC. For the shredding, 'Bring up to three bags or file boxes per person. No cardboard, three-ring binders, or binder clips, unless you recycle those at the dumpsters at the cleanup.'
Benefit rummage sale in Sellwood. The Portland Oaks Bottom Lions Club holds a rummage sale from 9 am to 3 pm today at SMILE Station, 8210 S.E. 13th Avenue. The proceeds go to the club's many projects, such as assistance with sight and hearing, and community projects.
'Shave your head to benefit childhood cancer research'. Today, starting at noon, the nonprofit St. Baldrick's Foundation presents Portland's tenth annual head shaving event, with proceeds benefiting childhood cancer research. It happens this afternoon at Oaks Amusement Park. Last year 340 people shaved their heads, and helped raise $185,000 doing it. 'It's only hair, but it means so much.' Participate, donate, or just come and watch. Oaks Park is accessed from the foot of S.E. Spokane Street at the railroad tracks, just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge. For more information or to participate, go online to: www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/eventid/2468/eventyear/2012
Sellwood Middle School garden tour fundraiser. The Garden Tour is today from 11 am to 4 pm, and will feature 'six fantastic residential gardens, a marketplace full of local garden vendors, and live expert advice from KEX radio 'Garden Doctor' Dave Etchepare. All funds raised from this event will be used to support educational programming and teacher resources at Sellwood Middle School. For more information on this event, or to purchase on-line tickets, please go to: www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/sellwood - or visit: www.facebook.com/SellwoodGardenTour
Multnomah County Fair at Oaks Park, today through Monday. Over the long Memorial Day weekend, starting today, it's the annual Multnomah County Fair - at Oaks Amusement Park, just north of the east end of the Sellwood Bridge, accessed from the foot of Spokane Street, at the railroad tracks. Hours are noon till 7 pm each day. Pony rides, petting zoo, barnyard fun, exotic animal show, arts, crafts, floral displays, craft and food vendors, face painting, live entertainment, and much more. Lots of free parking, and no gate fee. For more information go online to: www.multnomahcountyfair.org
Llewellyn Elementary School Carnival today. The Llewellyn Old Fashioned Carnival, runs this afternoon from 5:30 until 8 pm. Come, rain or shine, to celebrate the end of the school year. Lots of games and activities - 3-legged-races, sack hops, bean-bag toss, face painting, button making, and lots more. Tickets are $5 per child (adults play for free),and everyone can play as many games as often as they wish. Local food vendors will collect cash for the food. Wear closed toe-shoes for safety (e.g. tug-of-war), bring a bag for your prizes, and carry a water bottle to stay hydrated. More information online at: www.llewellyncarnival.com. Llewellyn Elementary School is situated at 6301 S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland.